Although some guidelines do exist, federal law supports each state to have a unique set of local laws that often seem to have a wide disparity ranging from place to place. It is important to know some of the more common rules, as well as what laws, govern Montana cases specifically. Montana law includes a baseline monetary amount from which to determine the amount paid.
Under current Montana law, both parents are legally responsible for the financial care of their child or children. The amount of money will be determined based on the custody arrangement and the child’s basic and extraordinary needs. The exact figure of the monthly payments is determined by the number of children involved, the income of each parent, and the percentage of time that the child spends with which each parent. It is generally required that awarded money is used to cover the costs of a child’s food, clothing, and shelter.
The law, therefore, assumes that the parent with which the child spends the majority of the time uses the money given by the non-primary caregiving parent to directly serve the needs of the child’s best interest. The judge can influence any special considerations that are determined to affect the final monetary value of monthly child support. By having an expert child support attorney to handle all the ins and outs of the legal system process for you, you can get the settlement that is equitable to support your family to the highest benefit.